Tell President Obama that the military discriminates against transgender people

Tell President Obama that the military discriminates against transgender people

    1. Petition by

      Janani Bala

      Stanford, CA

In the 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama declared that our military was now open to all residents of the United States, because “starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country because of who they love.” But apparently President Obama failed to realize that transgender people are still barred from open military service. While we appreciate the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, we are disappointed that transgender people have been left out of this dialogue completely. We are not moving forward  “as one nation” because trans individuals are still systematically excluded. President Obama calls for our schools to open up to ROTC because it is no longer a discriminatory institution. Communities who stand in solidarity with our transgender peers oppose opening our doors to military recruitment. Tell President Obama that contrary to his statements in the State of the Union address, the military engages in explicit discrimination.



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    Reasons for signing

    • Jonathan Jeansonne MARKSVILLE, LA
      • over 3 years ago

      I have been in the Army National Guard for the last 5 years, and I've served on active duty for the last 3 years. I am a combat veteran of OIF 10. My personal goal is serve on active duty for at least another 20 years. Sadly, I deal with constant depression and fear because I am a transgendered person. Aside from this message, I have only told my close friends about this issue. With the current regulations, I am forced to make the decision to be happy with what I do or to be happy with myself. I am currently utilizing the VA to try and cope with my constant depression; however, I can't do anything to mitigate what is causing my depression.

    • Mike Hughes ELGIN, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Hey Obama - don't make me regret my vote!! I'm Trans AND I'm an American. Put an end to the discrimination across the board!


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